Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

North American Sundial Society

Seattle  

Sundial 791
State/Province:  Washington Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Vertical Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   47° 34.047' N Longitude:   122° 24.580' W
Location:
  • Weather Watch Park
    4035 Beach Drive SW
    Seattle
 
Description:
  • A south facing vertical dial on a chamfered triangular pillar. The gnomon is slightly bent. The dial face includes hour lines with Arabic numerals for Pacific Standard Time and PDT, the approximate coordinates and the magnetic declination.

    The stone pillar includes a direction-indicating weather vane at top and is placed in a half-moon area paved with over 500 bricks engraved with short expressions and the names of area residents, including early settlers. Other areas of the triangular pillar show historic photographic images. The park is placed near the shoreline and affords a view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

    Weather Watch Park is technically a Seattle street end. In 1907, the site was a ferry dock for the mosquito fleet. In 1989, local artist Lezlie Jane worked with the Alki Community Council and nearby neighbors to apply for a Neighborhood Matching Fund award to create this art-filled pocket park between 1990 and 1991.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: City of Seattle
  • Time is too slow for those who wait. Too swift for those who fear. Too long for those who grieve. Too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love time is eternity.
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  • Construction Date: circa 1991
 

Last Revised: 5/10/2015 9:35:2